Just weeks after the Fox acquisition deal have been finalized, more information about Disney’s upcoming streaming service was released during this year’s Investor Day event. The subscription video on demand (SVoD) service will commence operation close to the end of the year with a bundle of interesting content to be aired. Finally, Disney+ have an official date to be launched since it made its interest in the streaming media sector known right after Disney and Netflix part ways about two years ago. Disney which is now even a bigger media giant has been keen on establishing a direct channel to reach its consumers.
The video streaming service takes after Disney sports service ESPN+ that arrived close to a year now with the ‘+’ moniker and will feature content from a bunch of Disney subsidiaries. The platform will include documentaries from National Geographic, TV series as well as Disney movie library that also includes, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and others. This will include 100 signature movies, 25 original TV series, 7, 500 episodes of TV shows, 400 library movies and more for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year subscription fee. This is cheaper than what you would get on Netflix, which is part of the tactics deployed to attract customers.
Moreso, there will be 18 out of 22 movies from Disney’s animation studio – Pixar which includes Frozen II, Toy Story 4, The Lion King and so on. In addition, blockbusters like Captain Marvel, Free Solo, Star Wars: Episode IX as well as Avengers Endgame will all be available too. The streaming service will be accessible on different platforms like smart TVs, media devices like Roku, gaming consoles like PlayStation 4 and on its website (disneyplus.com) too. Some contents like all 30 seasons of the Simpson will be streaming exclusively on Disney+.
Furthermore, Disney is also a major shareholder in Hulu, owning 60 percent of the company’s stocks through the acquisition of Fox. About that, Disney plans to further develop Hulu bringing it to more international markets and maybe buy out WarnerMedia’s 10 percent stake. Still, the major contender is will be Netflix which currently boasts of 150 million paid users.